36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Alghero, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
11
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
12
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Basilica da Estrela. Popular historic sites such as Jeronimos Monastery and Quinta da Regaleira are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima and Castelo dos Mouros. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Cabo da Roca (in Colares), Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Sintra National Palace) and Convent of Christ (in Tomar). It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Belém Tower and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon day trip planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Lisbon. In June, daytime highs in Lisbon are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Alghero.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Convent of Christ, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
Highlights from your plan
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

3
nights
Alghero, Italy

Alghero ©
Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Popular historic sites such as Nuraghe Sant'Antine and Chiesa di San Nicola are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to La Pelosa Beach and Punta Negra. Get out of town with these interesting Alghero side-trips: Capo San Marco (in San Giovanni di Sinis), Spiaggia della Pelosetta (in Stintino) and Spiaggia della Frana (in Argentiera). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Summer Dream.

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Getting from Lisbon to Alghero by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In June in Alghero, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Alghero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Stintino, Nuraghe Sant'Antine, Spiaggia della Frana, Chiesa di San Nicola, Capo San Marco
Highlights from your plan
La Pelosa Beach ©
La Pelosa Beach
Nuraghe Sant'Antine ©
Nuraghe Sant'Antine
Spiaggia della Pelosetta ©
Spiaggia della Pelosetta

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
St. Peter's Basilica and Piazza Navona will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Colosseum and Catacombe di San Callisto. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and admire the striking features of Pantheon.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rome tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Alghero to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, and finally examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Florence are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

1
night
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
On the 15th (Sat), take a stroll through Mala strana, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Old Town Square, then contemplate the long history of Old Jewish Cemetery, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Florence to Prague in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Florence in June, expect Prague to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Popular historic sites such as Matthias Church and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Bastion and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, and pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Budapest online travel route planner .

You can fly from Prague to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in June: highs in Budapest hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Topkapi Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Rustem Pasha Mosque. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern Museum, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Istanbul planning app .

Fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Budapest in June, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami

2
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Peterhof Grand Palace. Popular historic sites such as Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and The Marly Palace are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, steep yourself in history at Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор, pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and make a trip to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip site .

You can fly from Istanbul to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, St. Petersburg is a bit cooler than Istanbul - with highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Peterhof Grand Palace ©
Peterhof Grand Palace

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
On the 26th (Wed), examine the collection at Skansen, then explore the world behind art at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, and then get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, then admire the masterpieces at Fotografiska, then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace, and finally head off the coast to Stockholm Old Town.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Stockholm travel route website .

Fly from St. Petersburg to Stockholm in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Stockholm due to the time zone difference. In June in Stockholm, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace
Skansen ©
Skansen

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Get in touch with nature at ARTIS and MokumBoat. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, tour the water at your own pace with Flagship Amsterdam, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, and take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum.

Plan trip to Amsterdam with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): examine the collection at Atomium, admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and then contemplate the long history of Grand Place.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Popular historic sites such as Palace of Versailles and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Arc de Triomphe. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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